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The United Nations Development System must improve and expand its assistance for middle-income countries to put the 2030 Agenda in practice, in particular by aligning to MIC policy processes, providing high-quality support and making financing a priority.
Can the United Nations Development System become a forceful player for realizing the 2030 Agenda? In May 2018, states set the course for reforms. While these have shortcomings, they provide a good starting point for a more effective and efficient system. Vigorous follow-up is needed.
Data is a central but underestimated prerequisite for the realisation of the 2030 Agenda. Although technical innovations have led to an explosion of data, significant data gaps still exist in developing countries in particular.
En Afrique du Nord, les problèmes environnementaux sont une source croissante de contestations sociopolitiques. Pour y faire face, les gouvernements et partenaires de développement devraient favoriser l’accès a l’information environnementale et ainsi promouvoir une gouvernance plus responsable.
In North Africa, environmental problems increasingly lead to political protest. Governments and development partners should support access to environmental information and thereby accountable governance to avoid further discontent and destabilization.
The EU's approach to addressing migration from Africa is undermining development principles and relations with African partners, while failing to achieve results. This paper examines the limitations of the EU’s current approach and argues that more constructive engagement on migration is required.
Morin, Jean-Frédéric / Vera Chaudhuri / Mathilde Gauquelin (2018)
Do trade deals boost environmental cooperation? This paper surveys 688 trade agreements and finds that many of them include commitments on policy dialogue, scientific cooperation and technical assistance. Yet, interviews reveal that only some of them are actually being implemented...
A substantial part of the EU’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF) is reserved for action beyond its borders. This briefing paper presents recommendations in relation to volume, themes, recipients and institutional architecture of development cooperation under the 2021-2027 MFF.
The proposal for a European Peace Facility (EPF) has the potential to provide a pragmatic and workable solution to the question of how the EU should finance peacebuilding in developing countries. The most promising model for the EPF is to set it up as a multi-donor trust fund.
Burchi, Francesco / Pasquale De Muro / Eszter Kollar (2018)
Which are the specific forms of poverty a country should focus on? This Briefing Paper suggests using the Constitutional Approach, recently developed by DIE researchers with international scholars, to identify priority poverty targets based on norm-governed national institutions.